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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 40 minutes
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- Version: Abridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 11 Jun. 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ5MXY
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This is an intriguing plot where the reader really needs to be able to work out who is telling the truth is lying in order to work out who is responsible for the murder. I totally failed to work it out though of course the clues are there. The characters are well drawn and interesting though I felt the motivation for the murder - when it was finally revealed - did not quite ring true. It didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story.
The main reason is that the crime occurs well into the book, so that we are able to get to know the Lampreys very well by then. They are incorrigible, reckless. irresponsible....but so likeable......and so believable.
We encounter them first in New Zealand, then years later in London, when their NZ friend Robin Grey, recently orphaned, arrives.
A well-structured story, with strong characterisations and a convincing ending.
The story is told principally through the eyes of New Zealander Roberta Grey who is recontacting the Lamprey family whom she first met in NZ and who have invited her to stay with them at their Central London flat.
The Lampreys have no money and Uncle Gabriel, otherwise The Marquis of Wutherford, visits London to bail them out, or so they hope. Uncle Gabriel, soon after refusing their request for help, is found dead in the lift to their flat with a kitchen skewer driven through his eye. Chief Inspector Roderick Alleyn is called in to investigate which member of the Lamprey family killed him.
The customary murder occurs relatively late in this book and gives Marsh an opportunity to develop both characters and the London setting in some detail. The result is a very well written story, worth including in any crime fiction collection.
Definitely a buy recommendation!
So four stars for the book, mainly for the Gothic elements and the mystery. The annoyingness of the Lamprey family cost it a start as it slightly mars my enjoyment of the book.
This magical novel from the Golden Age of women detective writers in the 1930s and 40s really illustrates why I love this genre: it is just so much fun! Like Marjorie Allingham in her Albert Campion mysteries, Ngaio Marsh enjoys herself writing about impoverished, eccentric aristocrats and their pretensions. Despite their poverty, Lord and lady Lamprey have domestic servants, a butler and a chauffeur. They try to keep their spirits up in a suitably well-bred way - charades - but they need MONEY. They maintain their sense of humour, mess about with the occult, have afternoon teas and somehow maintain an insouciant self-confidence while waiting for the axe to fall on their outdated lifestyle.
The murder takes place in a flat and much of the action is there, so there is a slightly claustrophobic atmosphere and the action is really to do with the disclosure of the characters and of their secrets.Read more ›
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I have had this book on my list for a long time but now it is in the queue waiting to be read. It looks interesting. With thanksPublished 4 days ago by Mrs S Morland
The discs are fine, and arrived in good time, but the CD case was damaged on arrival, and is in pieces, which makes it a bit awkward to handle.Published 2 months ago by late
Another very good book by Ngaio Marsh. Speedy delivery and well packaged book. Thanks.Published 5 months ago by Eddy Gilchrist
An old favourite which bears up remarkably well to re-reading todayPublished 23 months ago by Rosemary MUnn
I couldn't guess the end of this very well written book. I thought I had read all the Marsh novels so I was delighted to find one new to me.Published on 29 Mar. 2014 by A>Aldmary